Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Miss Representation

Me and my girls

Have you heard of Miss Representation? Kirsty over at 4 kids, 20 suitcases and a beagle recently wrote a fabulous post about this new movie.  The extended trailer to the movie is in this post and I find it very confronting and terrifying as I am the mother of two little girls.

If I was to be totally honest with you (and myself) I must say I am terrified of raising my two girls.  I want them to be confident and happy.  I want them to love who they are and love what they do.  But how do I encourage them to be like this when some days I struggle myself?  It feels so difficult to achieve in this modern age.  It has taken me the best part of 20 years to really like who I am now, to be happy with myself and to know it is OK to have some squishy bits, I do not need to be a stick figure to be happy.

I will continue to tell my girls they can be anything they want to be when they grow up.  I want to believe this - but more importantly, I want my girls to believe this - to know this is possible.

I hope the movie makes it to Hong Kong.  If not, I am sure the interwebs will allow me to watch it some time in the future.

In the meantime, I want to remember (and never forget) how gorgeous my two girls are, just for being themselves - especially when they hold hands while walking along sharing an apple.

I want to remember



  1. Hi Cat. Yes, I too feel the enormity of being a mama of two girls (who look the same age as your two....) - though I suspect it is the case regardless of gender.
    On days when confidence, clarity and a healthy self esteem are non existent in me - there is fear that this will transfer directly on to them...
    I guess consciousness of this is a pretty good start though? - and the want to support them in their confidence and clarity of themselves...

  2. Oh Cat, all three of you are just gorgeous! Love these pics :o) I can only imagine how overwhelming the thought of raising your two lovely girls is... as I am overwhelmed enough thinking about raising my two gorgeous boys! And I know, being a girl myself, it's a whole lot tougher for us. I'm sure you'll arm them with all the confidence they need though :o) xo

  3. Hi Cat..I hope you don't let fear overtake your thoughts in raising your girls. With the encouragement of a loving family and good friends I'm sure your girls will grow up happily despite the rest of the world and it's contradictions.


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